Bond hearing set for Dylann Roof’s friend (copy)

Joey Meek. File

A friend of Dylann Roof's on Wednesday dropped his appeal of a 27-month prison sentence in connection with the attack on Emanuel AME Church.

Joey Meek, 22, of Lexington County, had pleaded guilty to federal charges of misprision of a felony and lying to investigators.

A judge sentenced him in March to a prison term that fell on the low end of the 27- to 33-month sentence recommended under federal guidelines.

Defense lawyers had asked for less; prosecutors wanted more.

Meek filed a notice of appeal a week later, but court documents filed Wednesday stated his desire to abandon the bid. It cannot be renewed.

The grounds for an appeal after a guilty plea are more limited than in trial convictions and do not often succeed. The paperwork in Meek’s case did not spell out his reasons.

Hoping to get a lighter sentence, Meek had agreed to help prosecutors in Roof’s hate crimes trial but the proceeding ended earlier this year with Roof’s death sentence and without Meek’s testimony.

Meek and Roof discussed Roof’s plans to carry out mass violence before the June 17, 2015, shooting that killed nine black worshippers in Charleston. After Roof carried out the plot, Meek told others to stay quiet about their knowledge of the attack and later lied to FBI agents who confronted him.

Meek was not sent directly to prison after his sentencing. He was ordered to later report to an assigned federal facility. On Wednesday he was still not in the Bureau of Prisons' custody, the agency's website stated.

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